New York City police are searching for a woman who allegedly attacked a 38-year-old transgender woman on the subway and they say the incident is being investigated as a bias attack.
Video captured the exchange on an uptown D train at 125th Street on Jan. 30, according to police. It began with a verbal argument when the suspect asked the victim if she was male or female. Other passengers tried to subdue the attacker.
The victim, Jennifer Louise Lopez, is a transgender advocate. She told NBC 4 New York her attacker punched her in the face, sending her to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery on her eye.
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"Jennifer is probably afraid for her life," said friend Tanya Asapansa-Johnson of Harlem, also a transgender woman.
Lopez took a photo of her alleged attacker and posted it on a transgender community website.
"It's pretty scary when you're attacked for your gender identity," she said.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.